Samsung patent application shows off phone with wrap around touchscreen

Samsung patent application shows off phone with wrap around touchscreen
Samsung has filed a patent application with the USPTO for a wrap around touchscreen. Actually, the precise title of the application is "Method and apparatus for operating functions of portable terminal having bended display". Having an active bended display would allow Samsung to use virtual buttons and faders which could keep all physical buttons and controls off of the phone.

One series of images presented in the application by the Korean OEM shows how you can more precisely navigate your photo gallery by using tabs and a series of scrollable dates to see pictures napped during a specific time period. Other images reveal how you can more easily and speedily go through your content alphabetically, and skip chapters on the ebook that you're reading.

While the Samsung Galaxy Round and the LG G Flex do have their fans, the curved screens on both devices really don't serve any purpose except to look cool. On the other hand, the wraparound touchscreen in this patent application obviously does serve a purpose. Checkout the slideshow below to see what the Samsung Galaxy S of the near future just might look like.


source: USPTO via UnwiredView

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55 Comments

1. Rayvelynn

Posts: 124; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

Nice! Samsung you are the best.

23. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

24. coolcool

Posts: 6; Member since: Nov 14, 2013

Oops!!!!

37. blattlaus

Posts: 75; Member since: Dec 12, 2010

50. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

Concept vs working prototype?? I also have a concept for a flying car. Doesn't mean much in real world situation.

49. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N3E7fUynrZU Wow! Samsung flexible OLED is really cool. Flexible and low power consumption. Samsung haters will be missing out a lot. More haters please so that it could bring down the price to an affordable level.

44. doejon

Posts: 411; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

lol samsung has this idea years ago

33. Eonnaydra

Posts: 217; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

How the hell could you say that? 50 millions people have a S3 and the 4.3 update is a sh!t. I cannot wake up the phone,the sound on headphones is 50% down and it is crashing all the time. The phone is also showing me 30 notifications for no reasons and has a lot of lag. How is this possible?

45. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

As you can see Samsung fan base is growing world wide thanks to Apple law suit against them. I am one of them because before the lawsuit i own zero Samsung device now i have 4 Samsung devices and growing. So Apple is right that they could have sold more devices before the lawsuit just to people like me. I hate Apple's arrogant period.

54. RebelwithoutaClue

Posts: 5485; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

What period were they in before? ;)

2. oNEWorld

Posts: 140; Member since: Aug 01, 2013

that is sick, love the concept.

47. JC557

Posts: 1917; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

It would be kinda fun to have a NASDAQ index scrolling along as a Live Wallpaper on this wrap around display. I wonder how they will work out the kinks for phone gripping.

3. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

I can understand getting a patent before some other company,... but please don't bar others from fair royalty usage Samsung.

4. verbalize

Posts: 150; Member since: May 03, 2013

Who's the clown who came up with this idea? How can you possibly use this? You would have to place the phone on a table and use it that way. You can't hold it because the touch screen would always be touched.. I have a feeling this idea will never see the day of light.

6. Jommick

Posts: 221; Member since: Sep 10, 2013

Might have the same type of touch recognition technology as the Microsoft surface touch cover or even most newer laptop touch pads, where it can sense when you're actively touching it for input and when your hand is just resting on it.

7. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

I'm pretty sure Samsung has that all figured out.

14. cezarepc

Posts: 718; Member since: Nov 23, 2012

lol the way you said it is like faith in religion

19. marbovo

Posts: 658; Member since: May 16, 2013

25. coolcool

Posts: 6; Member since: Nov 14, 2013

Again!

28. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

If you'r gonna repeat the same thing every statement, you better read the same response everytime: http://www.theverge.com/2013/1/9/3855960/samsung-flexible-oled-phone-prototype-hands-on

8. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Of course they would've thought it through. E.g. It might only respond to light touch on sides or might only respond to fingers or something. Anywho, I really like the idea that they could make your phone look 3D (unlike Apple with their fake parallax effect in ios 7). In pic 7 the contacts screen actually looks like I am holding a diary.

9. xfire99

Posts: 1205; Member since: Mar 14, 2012

The phone have already been introduced and this idea is real reality. -.-

11. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

this crossed my mind, you have a point there

15. LordCaedus

Posts: 85; Member since: Nov 01, 2013

Maybe it requires fingerprints. Sorry to all those who lost theirs. ;)

17. vijaysivakula

Posts: 229; Member since: Aug 17, 2011

whichever side is pointing up would have the touch screen digitizer activated and the other / bottom side would have only an active display without the touch getting active. This can be accomplished very easily using the accelerometer and I would have done it that way and i am not an engineer or even a "clown".

43. Dingy_cellar_dweller

Posts: 339; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Camera app's can put a shutter button in an appropriate position, instead of the screen front.

5. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Samsung innovating once again. :)

10. rawbow

Posts: 428; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

only if they do make it. Else, we have millions of nicer looking concepts in the web too. They could've just picked it up, make it look like a patent diagram to stop other OEMs to work on it. All in all except for the note series, whatever things that they have innovated in the mobile industry are unfinished and dont even get me started on the design of their innovations.

20. marbovo

Posts: 658; Member since: May 16, 2013

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